The Return of the King: TMD Open 17 Winner’s Report

Before The Mana Drain Open 17 was announced, I secretly hoped that TMD Open 16 would be the last one, and that I would get to reign as champion unopposed, indefinitely. Upon the announcement of TMD Open 17, part of me was excited to venture back to Connecticut to defend my title, but another part of me was worried that I would not be able to live up to the expectations that my performance at TMD Open 16 had set. At that tournament I didn’t drop a match and was 14-2 in games on the day. All those wins came after the head judge asked me not to play with my newly altered Trinisphere (courtesy of Roland Chang), which prompted me to switch from Martello Shops to Terra Nova 10 minutes before the player meeting, as my Terra Nova list didn’t play Trinisphere.

NYSE4 Vintage Open – ALL Decklists and Metagame Breakdown

NYSE 4 was played a little while ago, and was another example of great tournament organizing, coupled with lots of community support. A (NYSE) record 157 players attended, with entrance fees of $100 pre-reg or $125 same day, and players traveled from all over the country. Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) continues to do yeoman’s work promoting and supporting Vintage, even as the format’s recent changes have made him and others wary.

Grand Prix Los Angeles 2016 Old School 93-94 – Decklists and Photo Report

This past weekend during Grand Prix Los Angeles a 93-94 tournament was hosted by Channel-Fireball, using their own custom rules (Alpha through Fallen Empires, restricted Strip Mine, most other rules nearly the same as EC’s B&R List). 16 players showed up to battle 4 rounds of straight Swiss, including players from Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and California primarily.

Why Mishra’s Workshop, Lodestone Golem, and the Status Quo in Vintage are Necessary

Vintage is the format where Magic’s most hideous and broken cards find an eternal resting home. A home where figurative muscle is flexed, razor wits are honed, and the bonds of normalcy are broken. To outsiders who are not intimately familiar with the savage design mistakes and patterns of Vintage play, the common refrain seems to be “don’t people just die on the first or second turn?” and “why is Card X or Card Y not restricted?”

2016 Asia Vintage Champs Results & Top 8 Decklists

Courtesy of Hareruya MTG (and translated by us for English speaking audiences), we are pleased to present to you the results of the recent 2016 Asian Vintage Champs, hosted by TokyoMTG. Players were qualified by regional qualifying tournaments, and any Magic Hall of Famers and previous Vintage Championship winners were invited to attend as well (a full list of participants can be found here). 22 players played 5 rounds of Swiss, with a cut to Top 8 playoff.

So Many Insane Plays – Magic Online P9 Challenge Metagame Analysis

Returning home from Eternal Weekend was a dispiriting experience this year, as far as Vintage is concerned. We enjoyed the largest crowds ever for both Vintage Champs and Legacy Champs – at a special, non-convention event, no less – while Vintage had languished in a slow decline on Magic Online, the platform for which it has the most promise, unconstrained by the Reserved List or paper card supply.